About Veterans Park

Veterans Park flags on plazaThe concept of a memorial park was introduced in 2004 when the Old Poway Park Master Plan was established, and the park was dedicated on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) 2010.

some gave all  inscription on plazaThe park features a raised memorial plaza with monuments to each branch of service, including the Coast Guard. The monuments have hand-painted artwork of scenes that depict each branch of service, along with recordings of each branches’ anthem. The compass rose in the center of the plaza is encircled with the words “All Gave Some, Some Gave All,” honoring the heroic efforts of all service men and women.

Veterans Park tiles of the wall of honorThe plaza is a raised platform supported by the Wall of Honor, which is made up of engraved tiles honoring veterans and those currently serving in the military. Tiles are dedicated twice a year: at the Veterans Day ceremony and on the Fourth of July. Steps leading up the west entrance of the plaza (from Midland Road) include the words “God, Country, Duty, Vigilance, Honor, Service,” to represent core values associated with the military.

Veterans Park cannonFacing Midland Road in front of the park are two concrete circular pads. A cannon sits on one of the pads, representing the land forces. It was purchased new and is a replica of a cannon that was in service during the timeframe that Old Poway Park represents. The cannon is fired on ceremonial occasions, including Veteran’s Day and Fourth of July.

Veterans Park anchorA ship’s anchor rests on the other concrete pad, representing the sea forces. The anchor was pulled from the San Diego Bay in 2015 during a dredging project. The ship it came from is unknown, but experts say the anchor itself was made by the Columbia Steele Company of Portland, Oregon and may date back to the early 1900s. 

Veterans Park MIA POW memorialAt the northeast corner of the park a monument honors America’s service members missing in action and prisoners of war. The memorial includes both a bronze Fallen Soldier Battle Cross sculpture, which is the symbolic marker placed at a base camp of a soldier who has been killed, and hand-painted custom tile depicting the Missing Man table, which is a place of honor set up in military dining facilities on special occasions to in memory of fallen, missing or imprisoned military service members.

Veterans Park bellA cast iron “freedom bell” is mounted at the east entrance of the memorial plaza. Its origin is not specific to the military, but rather honors those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The bell was donated to the city by the Jeff and Jer Showgram, an iconic San Diego radio show and was used at a one-year memorial in the parking lot of the former Qualcomm Stadium. The radio show’s followers gathered to read the names of each person who died in the attacks the year before, with the bell ringing after each name. 

veterans day ceremony from back of park